[nabs-l] did anyone hear about the FSU lawsuit?

Chris Nusbaum dotkid.nusbaum at gmail.com
Sun Jul 3 17:14:53 UTC 2011


Hi Beth,

You can listen to the general sessions, the board meeting, and 
the banquet live through the Internet.  It sounds like you're 
using a BrailleNote, so I would click on the WinAmp link.  Did 
you see the schedule that was posted to all the lists yesterday? 
You can also look at the national convention page at nfb.org.  
Hope this helps!

 Chris

"A loss of sight, never a loss of vision!" (Camp Abilities motto)

The I C.A.N.  Foundation helps visually impaired youth in 
Maryland have the ability to confidently say "I can!" How? Click 
on this link to learn more and to contribute: 
www.icanfoundation.info or like us on Facebook at I C.A.N.  
Foundation.



 Sent from my BrailleNote

 ----- Original Message -----
From: Beth <thebluesisloose at gmail.com
To: National Association of Blind Students mailing 
list<nabs-l at nfbnet.org
Date sent: Sat, 02 Jul 2011 16:16:52 -0600
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] did anyone hear about the FSU lawsuit?

I won't be in Orlando, but call me and tell me what happens
during the general sessions.  I can't go because of money and
stuff.  Jamie, I'd love to see FSU get bombed with more than one
lawsuit about discrimination against the blind.  You got lots of
errors in their accessibility policy, but I have yet to see those
errors.  I hope to see an article about this in the Monitor.
Beth

 ----- Original Message -----
From: blackbyrdfly at gmail.com
To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
<nabs-l at nfbnet.org
Date sent: Sat, 2 Jul 2011 17:22:36 -0400
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] did anyone hear about the FSU lawsuit?

Thanks to everyone who wished us luck in our case.  I'll relay
your words of encouragement to Christopher as well.

See you all in Orlando!

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 2, 2011, at 3:21 PM, Joshua Lester
<jlester8462 at students.pccua.edu> wrote:

 Yes she is.
 Jamie, this message is to you, when you look at this list again.
 I pray that you're successful, and that other universities stop
 discriminating against the disabled.
 Blessings, Joshua

 On 7/2/11, Chris Nusbaum <dotkid.nusbaum at gmail.com> wrote:
 That is...  outrageous! I believe Jamie's on this list, so I
wish
 you the best of luck! Mr.  Goldstein is a great lawyer and one
 that NFB has been working with for 20 years, so I think you'll
 have a good chance of winning the case! Good luck!

 Chris

 "A loss of sight, never a loss of vision!" (Camp Abilities
motto)

 The I C.A.N.  Foundation helps visually impaired youth in
 Maryland have the ability to confidently say "I can!" How? Click
 on this link to learn more and to contribute:
 www.icanfoundation.info or like us on Facebook at I C.A.N.
 Foundation.



 Sent from my BrailleNote

 ----- Original Message -----
 From: Beth <thebluesisloose at gmail.com
 To: nabs-l at nfbnet.org
 Date sent: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 22:15:42 -0600
 Subject: [nabs-l] did anyone hear about the FSU lawsuit?

 Hi, guys.  I thought I might ask you Florida students or any
 students out there if you've heard that two of my friends are
 suing FSU, my old university.  They're suing because of the math
 department and the way the faculty has been treating them.  For
 more, here's a clip of the article.

 Blind Students Sue Florida State University for Discrimination
 6/29/2011


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 CONTACT:
 Chris Danielsen
 Director of Public Relations
 National Federation of the Blind
 (410) 659-9314, extension 2330
 (410) 262-1281 (Cell)
 cdanielsen at nfb.org

 Blind Students Sue Florida State University for Discrimination
 National Federation of the Blind Outraged at University's
Actions
 Baltimore, Maryland (June 29, 2011): With the assistance of the
 National
 Federation of the Blind, two blind students-Christopher Shane
 Toth and Jamie
 Ann Principato-filed suit today against Florida State University
 (FSU) and
 its board of trustees.  The suit alleges that FSU's Department
of
 Mathematics discriminated against Mr.  Toth and Ms.  Principato
 by
 failing to
 provide them with proper accommodations so that they could
 successfully
 complete required math courses for their respective degree
 programs.  The
 violations include requiring the students to use an inaccessible
 Web-based
 application to complete homework assignments, tests, and
quizzes;
 requiring
 the use of clickers that cannot be used by a blind person to
 respond to
 in-class questions and obtain bonus credit; failing to provide
 Braille
 versions of the required textbooks in violation of agreed-upon
 accommodation
 plans; and engaging in retaliatory actions when the students
 complained of
 these violations.  In all cases, faculty members in the
 Department of
 Mathematics were generally uncooperative, unhelpful, and even
 hostile, and
 did not provide meaningful alternative methods for Mr.  Toth and
 Ms.
 Principato to successfully complete the required courses.  As a
 result, both
 students are currently unable to continue their degree programs
 and find
 their careers indefinitely on hold.

 Dr.  Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the
 Blind, said:
 "Discrimination against blind students is all too common, but it
 rarely
 stems from actual animus towards the students.  This case,
 however, involves
 the repeated, deliberate, and intentional disregard of the
rights
 of these
 two students, whose academic records have now suffered
 irreparable damage
 and who have suffered lost opportunities, emotional distress,
 embarrassment,
 humiliation, and retaliation by university officials.  The
 National
 Federation of the Blind will not stand for this outrageous
 treatment of
 blind students and we will continue to support this lawsuit as
 fully as
 necessary in order to ensure that these young people are
 compensated for the
 egregious conduct of faculty and staff in FSU's Department of
 Mathematics."

 The plaintiffs are represented in this matter by Daniel F.
 Goldstein, Sharon
 Krevor-Weisbaum, and Brooke E.  Lierman of the Baltimore firm
 Brown,
 Goldstein, and Levy; and Matthew Dietz of the Miami firm Law
 Offices of
 Matthew W.  Dietz, P.L.

 Beth Taurasi
 Sent from my BrailleNote Apex

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